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The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co.

Having followed the exploits of the Veverka Brothers who have been around the World creating a documentary film about fireworks, we were thrilled to find that another short film has been created.

The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co. is a close up look at how one neighborhood in New York has taken celebrating Independence Day to another level.

The Upper Manhattan suburb of Inwood’s residents come together on the streets with their family and friends on July 4th to celebrate Independence Day away from the more popular Macy’s Independence Day Parade (which incidentally a number of them mention watching on TV before coming outside) and remain outside until the wee small hours.

In part, it appears to be a little irresponsible but as the footage shows there is a substantial Police and Fire Service presence creating a feeling of controlled madness and excitement but young and old gather together to await the fireworks which are launched from all possible sites.

There is no set up or safety plan in sight and a feeling of minor competitiveness as each person tries to outdo the last. The relaxing musical rhythm and the food being cooked all around creates a great evening out and long may it continue.


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Here we have 10 facts about the 4th July.

• The oldest established July 4th celebrations which have continued without interruption have been held in Bristol, Rhode Island since 1777 as outlined in dispatches about ‘celebratory cannon and musket firing heard over the waters’ by a British Officer stationed over in the US.

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• Since 1868, Seward, Nebraska has held their 4th July celebrations in the same spot in the Town Square.

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• Since 1972 there has been an annual hot dog eating competition which is televised nationally from Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY. Did you know that the USA spends 7 BILLION dollars annually on hot dogs JUST for this event.

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• Baseball is the national sport and never more so than on the 4th when many Major and Minor league games are scheduled – more family time.


• Macy’s Fireworks have been held since 1976. In 2009, in recognition of the route taken by Henry Hudson in 1609, the fireworks were moved from their usual site over the East River to the Hudson. Controversially, they were said to be returning the following year and it never happened but in the news recently, following a massive number of continued complaints about the change of venue, this year’s event will be moved back to the East River, much to the delight of the residents of the Brooklyn area.

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• More than 74 million Americans will spark up the BBQ for July 4th.

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• When America achieved independence the population was some 2.5 million and in the census of 2010, it stood at around 300 million.

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• An average of $2 billion spent on food for 4th July.

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• Over 68 million cases of beer are sold on Independence Day annually.

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• They spend an INCREDIBLE $600,000,000 on FIREWORKS just for the 4th July.

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Freedom over Texas Fireworks on 4th July

WHAT: Freedom over Texas
WHERE: Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou
WHEN: July 4th
WHAT TIME: 4pm – 10pm (fireworks at 9:30)

Houston, Texas plays host to the largest land based fireworks display in the USA to celebrate Independence Day.

A full evening of events kicks of at 4pm with festival activities for all the family. 4 large music stages will have toe-tapping performances from the likes of Cowboy Mouth and Little Big Town. Pat Green will headline the show with his 50 minutes set starting at 8:20pm. Before the main event, the 4th July Fireworks!!

The Fireworks start at 9:30 and will fill the sky with patriotic bursts of red, white and blue. This is the largest land-fired fireworks display in the United States and promises to impress everyone who sees it.

Before the fireworks begin, there will be plenty of entertainment with something for everyone. From the 30,000 square foot kid’s zone to the amazing military showcase featuring Apache Helicopter flight simulator and a monster M-60 Battle Tank weighing 55 tons! If that is not enough action then the heat is really turned up with the Bud Light Volleyball Championship Series Mens and Womens Finals. Where you can relax with a cold bud and enjoy the fun.

But of course, it would not be 4th July without the fireworks. Pyro Spectaculars North by Souza will put on an amazing display that will span Buffalo Bayou on the west of Sabine Bridge. A simulcast of a choreographed music medley specially put together for the Independence Day fireworks will accompany the sky filling spectacle. Tune in on KILT 100.3 FM to hear the patriotic music that accompanies the largest land-based fireworks display in the country.

Entrance to the event is free of charge with a donation of one canned item per person to the Houston Food Bank, a great cause and a great deal. The first 30,000 people through the gates will receive a Stars and Stripes hand-held fan to keep cool on what promises to be one of the best days of the year in Houston, Texas. Independence Day.

Happy 4th of July!